Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Dear Friends,
TODAY – After your long request we come back to talk about the particular truth, mysteries of our faith. And this is the best time to come back to the second one, that GOD is THE JUST JUDGE, who will reward for goodness and punish for an evil done – So, WHAT DOES it MEAN, that our BODY will be risen for eternity.
There will be another meeting with God, the Judge at the end of the world’s history, when God will reward all our good deeds and punish bad deeds, showing their social dimension. However, before the universal court will take place, the resurrection of the body will take place.
Today I would like to come back to another thought about our truths of faith, mysteries of faith given to us in God’s revelation. Let us now look at the issue of just reward and just punishment in relation to the resurrected body. At the same time, I would like to emphasize that I will speak more about the mystery of our bodies when I will try to explain the fifth truth of our faith – that the human soul is immortal.
Man is built of body and spirit. We are not only spiritual beings; we are composed of body and spirit and therefore all our actions have a complex character. Body and spirit always take part in them. Both eternal reward and eternal punishment include also body and spirit. There is little data in God’s Revelation that would allow us to speak about the condition of our body after its resurrection. It will be a completely new dimension of the body, and a new dimension of life. In the Gospel there are only two scenes showing the mystery of the eternal life of our bodies. One of them is the transformation of Jesus at Mount Tabor. A scene in which, in front of the three Apostles, Christ reveals the beauty of the human body in the state of affairs and culture. It is so beautiful that Peter is ready to build temples for him. He is charmed by His beauty. Tabor’s transfiguration shows the peak to which God leads a man, that is, he shows such a transformation, such a refinement of the human body that it becomes DIVINE.
More data can be found in the descriptions of meeting people with Christ Resurrected. It is known that he has the same body that was crucified and that there are traces of nail wounds on this body. It is known that Christ eats a meal after his Resurrection. Wanting to convince the Apostles that he has an authentic body, he asked for something to eat and then He was given a fish. Jesus calls the Apostles to say that He is not a ghost because He has flesh and bones. One can give his hand to the resurrected Christ. But at the same time, the laws governed by His body go beyond the laws of worldliness. For example, Jesus appears and disappears, goes through a closed door. His body is already a glorified body.
What about this body, we can still say in the light of God’s Revelation? The reward for the redeemed body is unique beauty. The body will be so beautiful that it will not need clothing. The human body can delight with its beauty. Let’s say openly that many people will only be satisfied for the first time after the resurrection. If their body is affected today by some disability, if it is destroyed by disease or old age, then it is difficult to expect people to be proud of it. A man can be proud of his body when he is young, when he is full of strength, when he can show himself in full strength, when he can show himself publicly in sports competitions, such as a marathon. But in reality it is only a very short section of human life. In addition, a relatively small percentage of people have such beautiful bodies that they can boast about them.
Well, after the resurrection, as a reward for doing good here on earth, our body will become such a great masterpiece of God that all intelligent beings will be amazed. Every man is a unique God’s masterpiece, and it is in the eternal beauty of the body that the reward for doing good will be revealed, for faithfulness to God on earth.
In what body will we be resurrected? The answer is one. Because the resurrection is the last act of Christ’s action that repairs the effects of sin, we will get the body God has planned for us, if we would not commit sin. So in Heaven there will not be a small child, there will be no bodies of the fetus, no body of decrepit old men. Heaven is only for mature people. We will get a body that God has planned for us for ages. Resurrection is the last act of repairing the effects of sin, and old age, disability and all other diseases which are just the result of the sin committed. The effects of sin will be removed from the resurrected body. For today’s man who is sensitive to beauty, reflection on the prospect of receiving a beautiful, perfect body from God is worthy of attention. This is what God calls us to. It will also be a body that does not suffer and without being subjected to any pain. It will be an immortal body, for ever beautiful, forever worshiping God.
We can hardly say anything about the resurrected body of a condemned man. The data from God’s Revelation is extremely modest about this. It is known that this body will be ugly, because of all the consequences of sin, and thus the effects of bad deeds, committed in the body, they will be fixed in it. It would be ugly in comparison with the glorified body even if it remains as it is on earth. The body of the most beautiful man on earth or the body of the most beautiful woman in the world would be ugly in comparison with the glorified body of the resurrected. A man who is condemned will be ashamed of himself and others. Christ speaks words already written by the prophets in the Old Testament, that they will be condemned to cry: ‘mountains, hills, fall on us, cover us’ (Hosea 10, 8).
This is just a handful of messages that concern the body of the condemned. This body will be subject to suffering. It will be immortal, but it will still be suffering. In this difference between the glorified body, which will be the reward and the body of the condemned man, justice is expressed. The same man, through his deeds done here on earth, by using his body to do good, to enrich others or to commit sin, determines his eternal destiny.
All mystics who have received the grace of watching the glorified and condemned body say that if a man saw this, he would never commit a sin again. Everyone would like to participate in this beauty and richness that God has predestined for the saved.
With love and prayers and asking for yours, Fr. Marcin